AB/AM, AB/SM Programs

Certain GSAS Degree Programs allow eligible Harvard College students to apply to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, typically in the fall of their junior year, to earn an AM or SM degree through the Concurrent Master's program during their final year of undergraduate study.

Participants remain registered in Harvard College. If, after they earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees, they are admitted to a GSAS PhD program, they are considered second-year graduate students and will receive two terms of credit towards their tuition schedule. 

GSAS has a minimum residency requirement of one year* for all master of arts and master of science degrees, including the AB/AM and AB/SM programs.

*GSAS will waive the two-semester residency requirement as a temporary accommodation invoked as part of a set of emergency policies developed in response to the pandemic. It applies to students who matriculated in the fall of 2020 or earlier and who are on track to graduate at the end of a fall semester due to a pandemic-related break in their enrollment at Harvard College. The student will be expected to apply to the concurrent degree program by the GSAS deadline in December/January of the year preceding the student’s formal fall term enrollment in the master’s program. The course requirements for the dual degrees remain the same and it will be the responsibility of the student to ensure completion of all requirements for both the AB and the master’s degree by the end of their eighth term in the College. If you think you may qualify under this policy, please email the GSAS Office of Admissions for approval well in advance of the application deadline.

How to Apply

Interested undergraduates should review Combined Degrees for next steps.

Applying to a PhD Program

Current AB/AM or AB/SM students who are interested in enrolling in a GSAS PhD program must apply through the GSAS Applicant Portal.


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